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  Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020  
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University launching re-testing program to validate asymptomatic positive tests
Vanderbilt University is launching a new re-testing program for members of its community who receive a positive COVID-19 PCR test but are without symptoms. Beginning this week, undergraduate students who are tested in the university’s weekly mandatory testing programs and other community members participating in Vanderbilt’s periodic testing who meet defined criteria will be re-tested to confirm their initial positive test result.
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Vanderbilt urges continued adherence to safety protocols on and off campus amidst uptick in local cases
With public health data indicating COVID-19 positive cases in Nashville have begun trending upward since Oct. 4, it is more important than ever for Vanderbilt community members to abide by university protocols at all times, whether on or off campus. The university remains in Phase II+ of the Vanderbilt Return to Campus Plan.
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Engineering’s Rowe receives K.C. Potter service award
Chris Rowe, associate dean for external relations at the School of Engineering, has received the 2019-20 K.C. Potter Outstanding Service to Students Award, which is given to a faculty member who provides outstanding service consistently to individual students or student groups through personal advising, development of programs, or improvements to university systems and policies that affect students.
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VandyRide Point to Point service provides off-campus students with free ride home
Undergraduate students living within a half-mile from campus this semester can get a free ride home with VandyRide’s new Point to Point service.
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Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Two virtual seminars offered in October
Several Vanderbilt offices are partnering to host two virtual events focused on federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics policy Oct. 19 and 29.
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‘Are We Underinvesting in Education?’ topic of Steine Lecture in Economics Oct. 28
David Card, the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California–Berkeley and director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will give the Vanderbilt Department of Economics’ Steine Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 4 p.m.
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Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase set for Nov. 11
Registration is underway to present at the inaugural Vanderbilt Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11. The showcase is open to all undergraduate students across the university who wish to showcase creative works they have completed during their time at Vanderbilt.
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Protect yourself from identity theft
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Vanderbilt University Information Technology will be sharing tips for staying safe and secure online. This article focuses on protecting your personal information.
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Center for Teaching strengthens online instructional design expertise
The Center for Teaching has announced two strategic hires: Julaine Fowlin as assistant director for instructional design, and Ransford Pinto as assistant director for graduate programs.
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New faculty Maizie Zhou: Unlocking genetic disorders through Big Data
Maizie Zhou, a new assistant professor of biomedical engineering, blends bioinformatics, computational genomics, neuroscience and machine-learning techniques to understand how the brain enables us to behave intelligently and how specific genomic mutations can alter that process.


Take Note

Present your idea at Wond’ry’s Innovation Open Mic Oct. 14

Microsoft changes to some Polycom phones coming Oct. 15

MPH program sponsors Stata Boot Camp Oct. 16, 23

‘The Promotion and Marketing of Oxycontin’ topic of Flexner Deans’ Lecture Oct. 19

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Do I Need a Mentor?’ Oct. 21

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Nicole Moehring–Crystal structure, how we characterize it, and its impact on the physical properties of a material

Make time for a depression check-up during COVID-19

New feature expands Heard Libraries’ Scan and Deliver service

Young Commodores fans invited to join Mr. C’s Kids Club


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Celebrated Harvard economist Raj Chetty to speak on COVID-19 impact
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt to host 2020 Second Language Research Forum
· OCT ·
  4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: Kamala Harris and the ‘double bind’ of racism and sexism
Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
CNBC: 7 common shopping mistakes to avoid on Amazon Prime Day
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing and a Vanderbilt Global Voices Fellow, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Facebook, Twitter brace for possible election-night chaos
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
The Conversation: Lessons from embedding with the Michigan militia—5 questions answered about the group allegedly plotting to kidnap a governor
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, writes about the militia group charged with a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The New York Times: Barrett’s record: A conservative who would push the Supreme Court to the right
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Op-Ed: The biggest threats to American democracy? White nationalists and politicians who embrace them
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of the practice of anthropology, writes about the political threat of white nationalists and the politicians who support them.
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